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Advocacy Day 2023: Impact and Relevance for the RV Industry

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) recent RVs Move America Week 2023 was a resounding success, with several legislative impacts resulting from the event’s Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. 

Over 120 Association members participated in 111 meetings with federal policymakers on Capitol Hill, sharing the industry’s significant economic impact and advocating for solutions to industry pain points. 

Legislative support on these key issues to the RV industry continues to grow as a direct result of the advocacy efforts at this year’s RVs Move America Week, as per the News & Insights report of the RVIA.

One of the most notable impacts of the RV industry’s day on Capitol Hill was the support for the Travel Trailer and Camper Tax Parity Act. Shortly before Advocacy Day, Rep. Rudy Yakym (R-IN-2) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1) introduced the Travel Trailer and Camper Tax Parity Act. 

This bill would resolve an error in the federal tax code’s definition of “motor vehicle,” which currently inequitably impacts the towable segment of the RV industry. As a result of Advocacy Day, more cosponsors have been added to the bill.

Another significant impact was the introduction of RV industry advocates. Advocates are crucial to the continued success of RVs Move America Week. A highlight of this year’s Advocacy Day was the Association’s members’ willingness to make an impact on Capitol Hill with over one-third of our advocates participating for the first time. 

Support from advocates, both new and experienced, allows the RV industry to make steady progress on legislative priorities and have an even stronger showing of support on the Hill during Advocacy Day—and year-round.

Building strong relationships with the current Administration was another key outcome. Association members continued to forge positive relationships with the current Administration through several avenues. 

These include meetings with the United States Forest Service to discuss campground modernization as well as meetings with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to discuss the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and lauan. 

This led to a positive finding by the USTR on their ability to waive thresholds as related to the GSP program. In addition, RVs Move America Week participants heard from the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz on outdoor recreation.

RVs Move America Week was also an opportunity for advocates to share the RV industry’s incredible economic impact. The RV industry has an overall annual economic impact to the US economy of $140 billion, supporting nearly 680,000 jobs and paying more than $48 billion in wages. 

In addition to the economic impact, the RV industry pays $13.6 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. These taxes fund roads, bridges, education, parks, and recreation areas. Advocates were able to share the specific impact of the RV industry in each state and Congressional district members met with.

During Advocacy Day, Airstream’s eStream and Winnebago’s eRV2 were displayed on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress and their staff. 

This was a great opportunity for policymakers to learn more about the RV industry and its latest technological advancements and see firsthand why the RV industry cannot be left out of the conversation around electric vehicle infrastructure.

The RVIA ’s Advocacy Day 2023 was a significant event that resulted in several legislative impacts. From supporting the Travel Trailer and Camper Tax Parity Act to building strong relationships with the current Administration, the event demonstrated the power of advocacy in addressing industry painpoints and promoting the RV industry. 

The event also highlighted the economic impact of the RV industry, which supports nearly 680,000 jobs and contributes over $48 billion in wages. The display of the next generation of e-RV technology on Capitol Hill further underscored the importance of the RV industry in the conversation around electric vehicle infrastructure.

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Jax7KittyLuv_77
April 4, 2024 1:34 pm

Isn’t it amazing how Advocacy Day at RVs Move America Week 2023 made such a positive impact? Let’s celebrate the wins and keep pushing for growth and sustainability in the RV industry!

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